The Internal Revenue Service has stepped up its efforts this tax season to combat identity thieves who steal taxpayers’ tax refunds, participating in a nationwide sweep that nabbed 389 identity theft suspects last month alone.

The massive national sweep led to 734 enforcement actions in January, including indictments, informations, complaints and arrests across 32 states and Puerto Rico involving 215 cities and surrounding areas. That effort comes on top of a growing identity theft effort that led to 2,400 other enforcement actions against identity thieves during fiscal year 2012.

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